Etching / engraving on hand laid paper. on paper.
Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 24.5 x 38.6 cm. The image size is ca. 12.3 x 12.4 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 9.6 x 15.2 inch. The image size is ca. 4.8 x 4.9 inch.
Proverb / ethics emblem : ‘Vast, of weest vast – Die noten wil smaken, die moetse kraken’ (Who want to eat a nut, needs to crack it first – No free lunch). This plate shows a mouse that needs to give up freedom to get to the cheese. This old antique engraved copperplate print and accompanying poetry originate from ‘Alle de Wercken van den heere Jacob Cats…..’, (Complete Works of Jacob Cats) which was published from 1655 on. This plate is from a 1726 edition. The emblems depict lessons of many aspects of life. Each emblem typically has more than one meaning as Cats’ poems talk about ethics, wisdom and morale from the perspective of love, religion and society. His work has often been critisized, but contains a treasure of truth and symbolism, often as relevant as it was during the times of it’s creation. Artists and Engravers: The Author is Jacob Cats, also known as Father Cats (born Nov. 10, 1577, Brouwershaven, Zeeland, Spanish Netherlands – died Sept. 12, 1660, Zorgvliet, near The Hague) Dutch poet. A magistrate and high official, he was enormously popular as a writer of emblem books, consisting of woodcuts or engravings with verses possessing a moral. His Mirror of Old and New Times (1632) contains many quotations that have become household sayings in the Netherlands, and he used it to express the ethical concerns of Dutch Calvinists, especially about love and marriage. The famous poetry by Jacob Cats is often accompanied by well engraved images after the design of Adriaen van de Venne. Not all engravings have been signed, but engravers indicated include J. Swelinc, I. Matham, Wil. Hondius, C. v. Quiborne, D. v. Bremden & possibly others. This particular portrait was engraved by Michael Natalis after Dubordieu.
Condition: Very good, given age. General age-related toning and occasional light stains from handling. Please study image carefully.
Keywords: ANTIQUE PRINT-NO FREE LUNCH-MOUSE-VENNE-JACOB CATS